Reno, Nevada —— Entering play on Thursday night, New York Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario is slashing .325/.368/.479/.847 for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s with 15 doubles and seven home runs over 286 at-bats in his first 69 games in 2017. We’ve observed the New York Mets’ top prospect several times already throughout 2017; below is Baseball Census‘ latest full Amed Rosario scouting report, including video. To view our earlier Amed Rosario scouting report posts, please click here, and click here.
Amed Rosario Scouting Report — Video
Our latest view of New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario comes from a June 19, 2017 game on the road against the Reno Aces:
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Amed Rosario Scouting Report — Notes
Just as he’s been the last several times we’ve seen him in Las Vegas, Amed Rosario remains one of the most exciting, watchable players across all of minor league baseball this year. There’s no question he will stick at shortstop in the big leagues, thanks to great range, exceptional reactions, and a plus arm that’ll make plays in the hole and up the middle. He played third base on Monday night in Reno, and looked above-average there, too, but his body type, athleticism, range, and foot speed all should land him at shortstop long term (in addition to the fact that he’s not going to hit for enough power to ideally play third base with any regularity).
Offensively, Rosario is as free a swinger as they come, and his time in Triple-A this spring reminds me a lot of what Colorado Rockies top shortstop prospect Brendan Rodgers was doing to pitchers in High-A for the last few months. That is to say: a high average, great barrel skills, low strikeouts, and yet very few walks and a ton of contact early in the count. You can look at that two ways: (1) Rosario’s approach is simply see-ball hit-ball, and that’ll leave him open to struggling some in the big leagues because of his over aggressiveness, or (2) Rosario is too advanced for Triple-A pitching (like Rodgers had been in High-A) and he can adjust to get the barrel on nearly everything right now, simply needing a bigger challenge at the next level. For me, it’s more the latter than the former, though I think Rosario may still struggle some in the big leagues because of his overaggressiveness.
That said, the New York Mets prospect does himself every favor while he’s up there to hack: he has good plate coverage, tracks the ball well, finds the barrel consistently, and runs very well right out of the box. I don’t think he has quite the place discipline and patience to eventually win a batting title, but his natural hand-eye coordination and barrel skills should make him a very strong hit-for-average threat with above-average speed but little raw power.
Amed Rosario Scouting Report — Projection
It’s probably about time for the New York Mets to promote Amed Rosario. Roster considerations and free agency strategies notwithstanding, Rosario has very little left to prove in the minor leagues. Plate discipline will be an issue for him in The Show once opponents get a book on his free-swinging ways, but he should be able to keep his head above water thanks to an exceptional ability to adjust to pitches mid-swing and those very strong contact skills. Long term, I think he’ll become one of those relatively rare players who can turn a lack of plate discipline into a positive attribute (think of Vladimir Guerrero, though likely not quite to that level). Defensively, too, he’s going to be a very good shortstop and considering he’s been seeing time at third base lately in the PCL, it’s not unlikely that he sees time there and at second base in short spurts, if only to keep getting at-bats as a rookie.
Beyond all that, the single best part about Amed Rosario’s game is his mindset. He has a ton of fun on the field, clearly loves and plays for his teammates, shows good leadership skills, and quite plainly wants to compete and win. He’s a fun, exciting player who commands attention just by being himself and has fun playing hard even in triple-digit heat in the PCL this year. It’s difficult to predict this sort of stuff, but the New York Mets prospect could well become baseball’s next exciting, marketable young star over his first few seasons in the big leagues. As Amed Rosario himself would say about it: don’t be surprised, be ready.
Amed Rosario Scouting Report — More Video
In addition to that most recent June 19 video of Amed Rosario, we’ve got a few other videos of the New York Mets’ shortstop prospect from earlier this summer, too. Enjoy those below, and please click here and subscribe to our YouTube channel for hundreds more baseball prospect videos like these.